Bottle Brush Tree Gnome Ornaments

Turn a traditional holiday staple into these adorable bottle brush tree gnome ornaments. Whether you want to use the trees as a beard or a hat, this easy Christmas gnome tutorial has you covered.

Because all bottle brush trees are different, I am sharing three ways to create these Christmas gnome ornaments. You’ll need trees, felt or fleece, ribbon for hanging, and something like a wood bead for a nose.

Horizontal image of three gnome ornaments made with white and gold bottle brush trees.
The best part about these bottle brush tree gnome ornaments is that you can make them in any color combinations!

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Dollar Tree Bottle Brush Gnomes

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I had a very famous (infamous around here) failed DIY. I wanted to bleach bottle brush trees to color them bright, rainbow colors for a fun display. Instead, bleached EVERYTHING ELSE (including everything I was wearing) when I dropped the container. Good times.

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Needless to say, I have shied away from the vintage holiday decor ever since. But today’s bottle brush craft is s much easier (no bleach required).

If you love this easy Christmas DIY but can’t get started right now, please use the sharing buttons to save this to a Dollar Tree crafts pin board or share this bottle brush Christmas craft on Facebook. Either way, this adorable holiday gnome DIY will be easy to find when you’re ready to begin.

Vertical image of three white and gold bottle brush gnome ornaments on pine and berries background.
Create any of these fun designs using a bit of fur, fabric, and vintage style bottle brush trees.

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Dollar Tree Bottle Brush Gnome Video Tutorial

As more and more people are turning to video to learn to make Christmas decorations, I have created a bottle brush gnome video tutorial and put it on YouTube. The one showing here on this page is an abbreviated version.

If you are a visual learner, I’d love for you to watch it and subscribe to the channel!

Horizontal image of video thumbnail for full bottle brush tree gnome ornament video tutorial.
Get the easy instructions on how to create all three of these bottle brush gnomes.

Tips for Making a Dollar Tree Gnome Using Bottle Brush Trees

  • This Christmas craft idea would look great as a set of ornaments using a varied set of trees. I found this bottle brush tree set and think it would be so much fun to make an entire gnome ornament set for yourself or to give to others.
  • If you want to use materials from the dollar store, look at the fuzzy socks, fleece scarves, and other seasonal textiles for the hats.
  • I get a lot of questions on gnome noses! For this craft, I am using a wood bead and also these wood flat backs. I like the increased surface area of the wood cabochons to help with stability.

Supplies Needed for This Dollar Tree Christmas Craft Idea

Below are what I used because I had them on hand. Check your stash before heading out to the store, including your closet. Some great fabric finds could be hiding in there.

Supplies image of bottle brush trees, faux fur, string, and various fabrics.
Gather up any fabric, faux fur, and something for a gnome nose.

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How to Make DIY Bottle Brush Gnome Ornaments

Below are the step by step instructions for making a dollar tree Christmas gnome ornament with these cute vintage trees. Keep this page open and follow along, using the comments section below for questions or suggestions.

To create a bottle brush gnome with the tree as the beard, follow the steps below. For other styles, watch the video or scroll to the printable card at the bottom of this article.

Step 1: Create the Hat and Hanger

Bend over the top of the tree, angling the point down. Create a secure hanger from ribbon or string by tying it directly to the bottle brush tree’s center support. Move the tines out of the way.

Crafter adding a thin ribbon to use as a hanging string for a bottle brush tree gnome ornament.
Push the tines out of the way to securely attach a ribbon hanger to the center of the tree.

Step 2: Cut a Beard

Cut a rectangle piece of faux fur with the X-Acto knife that wraps around the base of the tree entirely.

Crafter using a craft knife to cut a rectangle from faux fur to create a gold gnome beard.
Use a craft knife to cut a rectangle from faux fur that hangs down below the base of the bottle brush tree.

Step 3: Attach the Gnome Beard

Push up the bottom brushes of the tree so they are out of the way. Glue the fur backing onto the base. It’s okay if it wraps around a bit.

Crafter using hot glue to add faux fur to the base of the bottle brush tree.
The wider bases make it easy to attach faux fur for the gnome beard.

Step 4: Add the Nose

Split the fur to the fabric backing, parting it up and to the side. Use hot glue to secure a gnome nose made from a bead, wood round, pompom, or anything else you’d like to use.

Crafter gluing on a wood flat back bead to a faux fur gnome beard.
Split the fur to the fabric backing and glue on a gnome nose.

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  • Macrame Gnome Ornament – Another viral sensation, this easy guy is so elegant.
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Make this quick and easy Christmas craft to be used as tree ornaments or package ties.
Yield: 3 Gnomes

Bottle Brush Gnomes

Close up square image of three gold and white bottle brush gnome ornaments on holiday background of pine and berries.

Use inexpensive bottle brush tree to create the cutest Christmas gnome ornaments. Pick up the trees and faux fur at the craft store or even the dollar store! You will need a bottle brush tree, faux fur, and something for a nose to make the gnome. Gather a pretty string, ribbon, or twine for the hanger and you will be able to make any of these bottle brush tree gnomes in just minutes using a hot glue gun.

Active Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $8


  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto (Optional)


Bottle Brush Hat Style

  1. Create a secure hanger from ribbon or string by tying it directly to the bottle brush tree.

    Note: if bending the hat, position the hanger so that the center of the bottle brush tree base hangs directly below it.
  2. Cut a piece of faux fur with the X-Acto knife that wraps around the base of the tree entirely.
  3. Push up the bottom brushes of the tree and glue the fur onto the base.
  4. Split the fur to the fabric backing and glue on a gnome nose.

Bottle Brush Beard Style

  1. Cut a piece of fleece (or sock, or scarf, etc.) that is your desired height and wraps around the bottom of the bottle brush tree spines (not the base). When it overlaps, it should be WIDER than the base, aligning with the outside of the spines.
  2. Flip up the bottom of the fleece (on the wrong side of the fabric) to create a small brim.
  3. Glue the edges so that they overlap and create a rectangle. The brim is on the bottom. Trim the top even, if needed.
  4. Tie a hanger and glue it to the inside of the rectangle in the center when bunched up.
  5. Tie a string or ribbon around the top of the rectangle to close the hat.
  6. Use hot glue to affix the hat to the bottle brush tree base and the bottom spines.
  7. Glue a wood bead to the inside edge of the hat brim and also to the wire spine of the tree.


The bottle brush trees can be used as the beards or as the hats.

Bottle brush trees can be huge or miniature, so pay attention to sizing when ordering online.

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